Active learning approaches generally train students in higher-level skills like synthesis and evaluation through writing, discussion, or problem solving. At the same time, long-term learning gains are achieved when economic content relates to students’ experiences. We propose a project that harnesses students’ unique and diverse interests in television and cinema for a skit-writing and acting activity called Economics in Three Acts. We conducted a pilot version of this project in an introductory economics course and collected student feedback to assess its validity as a teaching tool. This pedagogy fits well into liberal arts institutions desiring to facilitate learning across disciplines.
Christopher Clark, Brooke Conaway, Jessie Folk, and Justin Roush